- Some netizens threw negative comments on the flash mob during Teejay Cruz’ wake
- Actor Edu Manzano, meanwhile, came to the rescue and defended the bizarre act
- He responded to bashers through his social media account
Veteran actor Edu Manzano bravely responded to several bashers who are criticizing the flash mob idea during the last night of Teejay Cruz’ wake.
KAMI learned that the said act went viral on social media as Teejay’s father, Tirso Cruz III, was also seen participating.
Edu initially expressed his condolences to the bereaved family and appreciated them for being strong despite the tragedy.
“A wonderful family lost a member at the tender age of 37. I join them as they celebrate his life,” he wrote on his Instagram post.
However, the post of the Kapamilya actor seemed to attract several negative reactions because of the video attached in it that showed people at the wake doing a flash mob.
The participants sang and danced to the rhythm of the worship song entitled, "Every Praise” by Hezekiah Walker.
A netizen bravely commented that the parents of Teejay seemed to be enjoying the night instead of mourning for the loss.
He further claimed that it is never okay to do such celebratory mood in a solemn event like burial or wake.
Edu then replied that a lot of people have different styles of mourning for the death of their loved ones.
He also pointed out that the flash mob or the happy celebration might be one of Teejay’s wishes when he was still alive.
“We all choose to mourn in our own way. Hindi natin alam kung ano ang wishes ni TJ,” the actor quipped.
Another social media user attacked the song choice during the bizarre flash mob because of its tune and mood.
He said there are other songs that are solemn, slow, and do not need lively steps just to show respect to the corpse.
Because of the comment, the actor struck back and explained that Teejay’s family might have mourned much since he was diagnosed.
He also reiterated that it is the choice of the family or the parents as per how they will grieve for the death of their son.
“The family I’m sure has cried much and felt much mula ng ma-diagnose si TJ. I leave it to the family to choose how to celebrate his life,” Edu stressed.
"As a parent I know the family will continue to carry TJ in their hearts every waking day," he added.
Here is the message and video posted by Edu:
In a previous article by KAMI, it was evident that Tirso became really affected by what happened to his son as he already posts message for him everyday.
Teejay, or Tristan Jedidah Cruz in real life, died on November 21 because of lymphatic cancer. He was 37.
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